Npower's profits surge 25% to 390m just months after it imposes huge price rises German-owned company saw profits soar by 77million from 313millionIncreased gas tariffs by 8.8% in November and electricity by 9.1%The company's price rises pushed the average bill up by 108 to 1,352Bosses blamed government policy, including green energy plans, for risesMP on Commons energy select committee described profits as 'despicable' , taking its total up to 606million. Profits at parent company Centrica rose 14 per cent to 2.7billion. Britain’s six biggest power firms insist they must make strong profits to finance 150billion of spending on rebuilding Britain’s energy supply
Ed Miliband is a work in progress – and that's his own policy chief talking!Jon Cruddas: 'public still blame Labour for immigration and housing crisis'Miliband faces growing criticism over lack of substantial policies By Jason Groves, Political Correspondent PUBLISHED: 02:54 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:54 GMT, 6 February 2013 Ed Miliband has failed to win back the trust of the voters and remains a ‘work in progress’, his own policy chief warned yesterday.
Legalising gay marriage would undermine Christian view of family, claims leading Catholic archbishopArchbishop of Birmingham says government can't see 'full consequences' Warns of impact for 'children involved or wider society' in letter to churchesRemarks are latest attack from senior Catholic on David Cameron's plans | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 30 December 2012 Outspoken: Archbishop Bernard Longley, writing in a letter to churches in his diocese, warns that plans to legalise gay marriage could tarnish the Christian view of family life Plans to legalise gay marriage would undermine the Christian view of the family, according to a leading Roman Catholic archbishop. The Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley warned that the Government cannot foresee the 'full consequences' of the proposals. In a letter to churches and chapels in his diocese, the Archbishop warned of the impact gay marriage would have on 'children involved or for wider society'
Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride: Watch everything from take-off to landing in cockpit video of passenger jet flight | UPDATED: 21:18 GMT, 26 December 2012 Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to find out exactly what happens inside a plane cockpit on a normal everyday flight.
Want a pay rise Then you'd better become a father as study reveals men with children earn a FIFTH moreIncentive of being breadwinner for a family may push men to work harderWomen who give birth at an early age are ending up worse off than beforeMothers earn 26 per cent less than fathers but the pay gap is shrinking | UPDATED: 01:16 GMT, 24 December 2012 Fathers earn almost a fifth more than men who do not have children, according to research. The ‘fatherhood pay bonus’ means that the salaries of men who have children before they are aged 40 are likely to be 19 per cent more than childless colleagues.
Newspapers sign up for new watchdog in response to Leveson InquiryMore than 100 paper proprietors, publishers and editors met yesterday to sign up to the principles laid out by Lord Justice LevesonFormer Tory peer Lord Hunt, who is coordinating response of the press, said blueprint for new regulator would be drawn up on Jan 10He added it is unnecessary for politicians to pass law to enshrine new system in statute | UPDATED: 00:56 GMT, 21 December 2012 Newspaper editors agreed to set up a new independent press watchdog yesterday in response to the Leveson Inquiry. More than 100 paper proprietors, publishers and editors met yesterday to sign up to the principles laid out by Lord Justice Leveson. Former Tory peer Lord Hunt, who is coordinating the response of the press, said a detailed blueprint for the new regulator would be drawn up on January 10.
Like Hamlet, Cameron just won't decide | UPDATED: 23:52 GMT, 18 December 2012 Modernisation: For every vote the gay marriage policy wins, many more are lost One of the most misleading words in politics — which is rarely short of them — is ‘modernisation’, a favourite David Cameron theme.
300,000 will be in fuel poverty by Christmas as ministers fails to act on energy pricesFuel Poverty Advisory Group slams 'inadequate' Government initiatives Households struggling to pay bills are expected to top nine million by 2016Forcing firms to insulate homes for poorer customers will add 116 to billsMinisters are doing too little to 'soften the blow' of costly green measures | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 The latest round of energy price rises will leave another 300,000 families struggling to pay their heating bills this Christmas, the Government's adviser on fuel poverty warns today. In a devastating report, the independent Fuel Poverty Advisory Group said Government initiatives were 'completely inadequate to tackle the scale of the problem' and warned that ministers were doing too little to 'soften the blow' of costly green measures which are forecast to send energy bills even higher. It warns that the number of households struggling to pay their bills is expected to hit more than nine million by 2016 – the date by which the last government pledged to end fuel poverty.
Now PM slaps down Clegg over his call to relax drugs laws after he said Britain was losing on 'industrial scale' Deputy Prime Minister urges David Cameron to show 'courage' and look again at narcotics lawsTory leader backed reclassification of ecstasy in 2002 but now insists government policy 'actually is working' Home Affairs select committee urged government to examine Portugese 'depenalisation' strategy where drug users escape prosecution Campaigners warn over link between cannabis and mental illnessPoll shows 60% back a Clegg's call for Royal Commission to consider decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs | UPDATED: 01:14 GMT, 15 December 2012 Nick Clegg was slapped down by David Cameron yesterday after saying Britain was ‘losing the war on drugs on an industrial scale’.